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2nd officer suspended in slitting of dog’s throat

A second Baltimore officer has been suspended while the department investigates his role in the slitting of a dog’s throat.

Court documents say Officer Thomas Schmidt held the dog down while a fellow officer cut the animal’s throat. Baltimore Police spokesman Jeremy Silbert said Schmidt has been suspended with pay during the investigation. Schmidt has not been charged.

The officer accused of slitting the dog’s throat, Jeffrey Bolger, faces trial next month on animal cruelty charges. He’s free on his own recognizance and has been suspended without pay.

The dog was killed on Saturday after police responded to a report that it had bitten a woman. The female Shar-Pei died from blood loss Saturday.